PhotoThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has determined that the 2017 Kia Cadenza is worthy of it's highest safety award.

The large-sized car earned good crashworthiness ratings, a superior-rated front crash prevention system, and acceptable headlights.

The redesigned Cadenza was the first to be tested by IIHS for small overlap front protection. The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of four inches at the parking brake pedal.

The airbags and safety belt worked well together to control the dummy's movement, and measures taken from the dummy showed a low risk of significant injuries.

Other test results

In addition to the good rating in the small overlap front test, the Cadenza scored well in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests.

The optional front crash prevention system avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 25 mph and 12 mph. It also has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

The LED lights that come with the Limited and Technology trims earn an acceptable headlight rating, with fair to good visibility in all scenarios. However, the halogen lights that come with the Premium trim earn a poor rating.

To earn the 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests, an available front crash prevention system with an advanced or superior rating, and headlights that earn an acceptable or good rating.

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